Navel

Na"vel

(n"v'l), n. [AS. nafela, fr. nafu nave; akin to D. navel, G. nabel, OHG. nabolo, Icel. nafli, Dan. navle, Sw. nafle, L. umbilicus, Gr. 'omfalo`s, Skr. nbhla. 260. See Nave hub, and cf. Omphalic, Nombril, Umbilical.] 1. (Anat.) A mark or depression in the middle of the abdomen; the umbilicus; called also belly button in humans. See Umbilicus.
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2. The central part or point of anything; the middle.
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Within the navel of this hideous wood,
Immured in cypress shades, a sorcerer dwells.
Milton.
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3. (Gun.) An eye on the under side of a carronade for securing it to a carriage.
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Navel gall, a bruise on the top of the chine of the back of a horse, behind the saddle. Johnson. -- Navel point. (Her.) Same as Nombril.
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